About Oriol Hostench

Senior Architect and Urban investigator. Trained at the Escola Tècnica d’Arquitectura de Barcelona (ETSAB UPC). He won an Erasmus Programm to study abroad, and completed his professional training at OMA (Office for Metropolitan Architecture - Rem Koolhaas) in NL in 2003, working on the projects of CCTV Headquarter on Beijing and Beijing Bookstore Building, among others. Holds a M.Sc. on Theory and History of Architecture in Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, a course of Global History of Architecture in The Massachussets Institut of Technology MITx, and is currently finishing his PhD. on History of Architecture with the Thesis: The reconstruction of the Modern City after World War II. He is member of the Research Team: The Barcelona Model, which has published several books on Urbanism of Barcelona and dealed with the main figures of the Heritage preservation of Barcelona. He is current teacher of ETSAB, Faculty of Architecture in Barcelona, and coordinator of the Master of Restoration of Architectonical Monuments in UPC since 2010; he has also lectured at BAU since 2013, about Construction Techniques at Institut Gaudí de la Construcció since 2008, at Gremi d’Instal·ladors de Barcelona since 2010 and at Instituto Europeo di Design since 2012. He is the founder and Main Partner of the architecture studio HOSTENCH ARCHITECTS, and has designed and constructed several works on Restoration of Monuments and old dwelling buildings. His office is based on the collaboration of the best professionals of each field, as Civil and Installation Engineers, Urban Planners, Lighting and Interior Designers and Structural Calculists. His interests focus on the links between Urban Architecture, the Restoration and Rehabilitation of Cultural Heritage and the development of the Contemporary City all around the World.

Entries by Oriol Hostench

Apartment building in Barcelona

Apartment building in Barcelona

(Under construction)

Design and construction of a 4-story block in Barcelona, in the residential neighborhood of Guinardó. The design proposes a modern facade, with a double order: the rigid and precise of the white modular elements, and the variable and organic one of the interior windows. The 500 m2 of the development are distributed on 5 levels divided into three duplexes and a simple dwelling, crowned with a flat terrace and a beautiful interior patio.

The design manages to articulate the spaces while betting on a modern and warm aesthetic. The duplexes allow the plans offered to be diversified and the operation is committed to offering the future users, homes with their own personality. At the energy level, the insulation on facades has been reinforced to reduce energy losses, and an ecological air conditioning system by aerothermics and air ducts is proposed.

Client: Private

Date of commission: 2019

Dwelling refurbishment in Barcelona

Dwelling refurbishment in Barcelona

“A house is more a home by being a work of art.” Based on this statement by Frank Lloyd Wright, we designed a completely new dwelling taking care of all the details to fulfill the client’s desires.

The pavement from the entrance was designed as a homage to the kinetic artist Cruz-Diez and to make a transition area in a long apartment. The lamp of the dining room combines with the teal and golden paper of the wall. The kitchen develops in two stages, the breakfast table with soft acacia wood and the cooking space, with its exact stainless steel top and the petrol color for the units. The main bathroom also is a game of contrasts between the wooden top and the white units, the bathtub and shower. Blue and white tiles visually join all the pieces together.

Client: Private

Finishing date: 2019

Single house in Mas Ram, Badalona

Single house in Mas Ram, Badalona

(Under construction)

Design and construction of a single-family detached home in Badalona at the exclusive development of Mas Ram. The design aims for a modern and luxury house with multiple terraces with sea views. The 600 m2 are distributed on 4 levels (underground floor and three upper levels) with a nice garden with swimming pool.

The house is distributed in an L shape around the swimming pool and the garden at the corner of the parcel. The organic distribution of the spaces contrasts with the straight lines of the façade and its white stripes allowing multiple angles and diagonal views.

Client: Private

 

Construction study and drawing of the Güell Pavillions from Antoni Gaudí for its restoration

Construction study and drawing of the Güell Pavillions from Antoni Gaudí for its restoration

Antoni Gaudí designed and constructed these two pavilions for his friend and patron, Eusebi Güell i Bacigalupi, between 1884 and 1887. They were inspired by the works of Hercules and the book “L’Atlàntida”, written by Jacint Verdaguer. The whole complex is a homage to Güell’s father-in-law, the Marquis of Comillas, Antonio López. The entrance has two buildings: a stable, and a gatekeeper’s lodge. These two buildings are united by an entrance door with a big metallic dragon and a column with an orange tree above, representing the Garden of the Hesperides and the dragon protecting it.

The buildings are an early project of Gaudí, with an orientalist design on the façades from the Mudejar tradition. The walls are made of mud and bricks and the structure of the barn already has parabolic arches, as in his future projects.

Our work consisted in a 3D scan to achieve a point cloud to be able to redraw the pavillions completely, as the first stage for its restoration. We also analyzed the constructive system, pathologies and advised for the upcoming restoration of the buildings.

 

Client: IMPUQV – Barcelona Town Hall

Date of completion: 2018

Place: Av. Pedralbes 15, Barcelona.

Team:

Oriol Hostench, commission coordinator

Fernando Álvarez, as a technical advisor.
Felipe Buill, as coordinator of the surveying tasks.
Javier Muñoz, processing director of HEMAV.
Jordi Martínez, Geomatics Technical Director
Laura Marfil, Photogrammetry Operator
Elga Casals, Photogrammetry Operator
Javier Roma, photographer
Makoto Isawa, draftsman
Maria Claudia Escalona, draftsman.

Restoration and museography for the Turó de la Rovira

Restoration and museography for the Turó de la Rovira

The set of ruins of an antiaircraft battery from the Civil War and huts from the 60’s,  on Turó de la Rovira, one of Barcelona’s tallest hills, gave the opportunity to the Museum of History of Barcelona (MUHBA) to restore the place and offer a wonderful lookout of the city.

Our work consisted in establishing an acting procedure to restore the interior spaces and advising for the museography of the site. Every building had different uses through time: From the initial military one to a school or different stages of dwellings. The goal was to achieve a full comprehension of the different stages without losing information, highlighting in every space the most important features.

Client: MUHBA

Date of completion: 2015

Place: Turó de la Rovira, Barcelona.

Rehabilitation and increase of a dwelling in Hospitalet del Llobregat

Rehabilitation and increase of a dwelling in Hospitalet del Llobregat

This rehabilitation of a single dwelling has improved the façade, allowing an access on one side to obtain the living room as big as possible. The spirit of the rehabilitation was to keep the historical features of the building but modernizing the look and the interiors. Three big frames were placed on the existing holes to hide the registers for installations, to illuminate the underground level, and to generate the staircase for the entrance.

In addition to the refurbishment, the team of Hostench Architects planned another level above the ground floor to settle the bedrooms and bathroom area. The total surface has been established in 120m2 in three levels.

Client: Private

Date of completion: 2018

Place: L’Hospitalet de Llobregat

The forms of control of urban heritage in BCN

The forms of control of urban heritage in BCN

The city we live in is the result of two different urban processes linked in time and space. The first process is the consequence of the lack of laws and the profit of the private statement in a capitalist system. The second one is a reaction to this freedom which is imposed by the Town Council to equalize the relationship of the citizens with the city they live in, or to activate an economic development that benefits the own Council. This reaction is materialized by means of an increasing control of the regulative factors of the city. This small thesis analyses these controlling forms in the surrounding area of the Rambla de Poblenou, in Barcelona, from its origins until now.

Master thesis held on 2010 for Theory and History of Architecture.
Link to the Thesis ->

Història en obres

Història en obres

The web portal History at Work is a semiannual addressing professionals and students interested in modern architecture’s masterworks. The display of analytic materials –made from a triple vision: graphic and three-dimensional (plans and models), critic and descriptive (texts) and associative (keywords and related works)– strives to furnish different levels of search and approach, all together producing new proposals of the study of the portal’s projects. This publication’s contents are constantly under construction and it is renewed while our graphic material increases and improves.

Coordination: Fernando Álvarez
Team: Pablo Martínez, Jimena Torre, Oriol Hostench.
Link to the site ->

Historic Charter of Barcelona

Historic Charter of Barcelona

The Historic Charter of Barcelona is a research project published by means of an online tool, which integrates detailed knowledge about the city history and makes it available to citizens and professionals. It explains the history of the city through the cartographies that describe it, containing 26 maps that have been drawn from texts, historical cartographies, archaeological maps, modern cartography and contemporary digital maps. A committee of historians specializing in the various historical eras has cross-checked and corrected the documents under the direction of the Barcelona City History Museum (MUHBA).

The project also features new contents and geolocates unpublished working documents as the topographical plan that Ildefons Cerdà used to design the Eixample. The documentary sources include maps and aerial photographs from the Cartographic Institute of Catalonia, the Barcelona City History Museum, the Carta Arqueològica de Barcelona, Barcelona Historical Archive, the Cadastre and the Municipal Institute of Informatics (IMI).

The redrawing not only facilitates the review and correction of errors in the old cartographies, less accurate, but also provides a graphic representation that is consistent throughout all the stages. This coherence allows the cartographies to be real in parallel and compare the transformations experienced by the city.

The tool is public and is online. It allows superimposing maps of various ages, incorporating different information -original working documents and other non-morphological data- and drawing on top of the plans. Thanks to these interaction capabilities, the Historic Charter is a great instrument for communication, pedagogical support and research purposes.

The project has a dual dimension: both the content and the cartographic processing/publishing tool, made-to-measure using open source software, which implements a new methodology to streamline and update the information fluently (bug fix, incorporation of new discoveries and historical periods).

The Historic Charter of Barcelona is a pioneering tool in the research and dissemination of urban history, making Barcelona the first city in the world to have a tool of this complexity. The Historic Charter is a document aiming to study the history but also to explain it: a tool to think the future by understanding the past.

Designed and executed together with: 300.000 km/s
Client: MUHBA
Completion: 2015
Link to the project ->

A new trim for the Dymaxion Map

A new trim for the Dymaxion Map

Buckminster Fuller created in 1954 a precise projection of Earth, with the North Pole as the central reference. He minimized the deformation of the continents applying a triangular net projection (specially precise if compared to the Mercator projection), simplifying the sphere into an icosahedron.

The Dymaxion projection was meant to have different possible trims. This new version proposed is accepting the common orientation of North-South and the continuity of the tropic of Cancer.In this way, we obtain a more recognizable plan by the viewers, used to traditional projections. Also the deformation of the continents is minimized, resulting a more proportionate and understandable plan.